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California-Lexington Park, Maryland Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for California fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Maryland rate. The unemployment rate in California peaked in February 2010 at 6.8% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in December 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare California unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Maryland 3.7% 0.0 -0.5
California 3.7% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: California, Maryland, National

California, Maryland monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

California, Maryland Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in California peaked in March 2010 at 3,600. There are now 1,515 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,936 in December 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 149.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
California 2,085 +54 -346

Number of Unemployed Persons

California, Maryland Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Maryland
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.8%
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.7% 2,085
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.7% 2,031
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 1,936
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.6% 2,002
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.8% 2,094
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.0% 2,185
August
2018
3.8% 3.8% 4.1% 2,294
July
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.2% 2,352
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 2,207
May
2018
3.8% 4.0% 3.9% 2,166
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.2% 2,315

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.